Deb Fischer on Civil Rights



Opposes same-sex marriage

Hours after her upset victory in Nebraska's Republican Senate race, GOP nominee Deb Fischer said she'll draw a sharp contrast with Bob Kerrey over issues that run the gamut from taxes to same-sex marriage. [Kerrey's voting history on same-sex marriage includes:
  • NO on prohibiting same-sex marriage
  • YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation
  • YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation].
    Source: Don Walton in Lincoln Journal Star , May 16, 2012

    No affirmative action in public employment nor contracting

    Source: 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2004

    Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

    Congressional Summary:
      Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) to add or expand definitions of several terms used in such Act, including :
    1. "culturally specific services" to mean community-based services that offer culturally relevant and linguistically specific services and resources to culturally specific communities;
    2. "personally identifying information" with respect to a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
    3. "underserved populations" as populations that face barriers in accessing and using victim services because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity; and
    4. "youth" to mean a person who is 11 to 24 years old.

    Opponent's Argument for voting No (The Week; Huffington Post, and The Atlantic): House Republicans had objected to provisions in the Senate bill that extended VAWA's protections to lesbians, gays, immigrants, and Native Americans. For example, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) voted against the VAWA bill because it was a "politically–motivated, constitutionally-dubious Senate version bent on dividing women into categories by race, transgender politics and sexual preference." The objections can be grouped in two broadly ideological areas--that the law is an unnecessary overreach by the federal government, and that it represents a "feminist" attack on family values. The act's grants have encouraged states to implement "mandatory-arrest" policies, under which police responding to domestic-violence calls are required to make an arrest. These policies were intended to combat the too-common situation in which a victim is intimidated into recanting an abuse accusation. Critics also say VAWA has been subject to waste, fraud, and abuse because of insufficient oversight.

    Reference: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Bill S. 47 ; vote number 13-SV019 on Feb 12, 2013

    Supports a DOMA amendment.

    Fischer supports the CC Voters Guide question on a DOMA amendment

    Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "U.S. Constitutional Amendment to prohibit same sex marriage"

    Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q3a on Oct 31, 2012

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